New Help Resources Added to Stormboard.com
We've launched a few new support resources on our website that you can access through "Help" in the navigation menu.
On this page you will find links to online resources, ebooks, and brochures that will introduce you to Stormboard, help you get started, and are the perfect onboarding tool to share with members of your team who are new to our digital workspace.
Learn more about Stormboard, our features, and how to make the most out of your Stormboard sessions. All of these tutorials and more videos can be found on our YouTube channel here.
We offer expert-led training programs that help users learn how to use Stormboard to hold better meetings, more creative collaborations, and create a company-wide culture of innovation. These programs can be customized to suit your specific goals, and will ensure that you not only become educated on our features, but are also armed with the skills that you need to integrate Stormboard into your daily processes making them more efficient and effective.
Get advice and answers from the Stormboard Team about things like: What is a Storm?, How do Stormboard Templates work?, What kind of security does Stormboard have?, and more.
Updated PPTX Report
A new, updated design for the PowerPoint Report has gone live. It is now more streamlined and modern, making it the perfect format to use to give presentations to your management team, stakeholders, and more after a meeting. Check out an example of the new look below.
New Template Guides Walk You Through Your Process
Stormboard Template Guides give you step-by-step instructions on how to effectively use a template or process and inspiration to help make your meeting or collaboration more engaging and efficient.
When you click on a section in the Guide, it automatically moves you to the corresponding section in the Storm and gives you instructions on what to put in that section. At the bottom of the Guide bar, you’ll see cards that provide either example questions for you to answer or more detailed instructions.
Guides can be custom-built for any template, or for your company’s specific business process, and can be customized with your company language and branding to ensure that your whole team knows how the process works and can be active contributors.
Watch the video to see a Template Guide in action and check out the FAQs in this post for more information.
Integration with Microsoft Teams
We are excited to announce Stormboard’s new integration with Microsoft Teams! Stormboard is already integrated with the Microsoft Surface Hub, Microsoft Office365, and Microsoft Power Automate (formerly Flow), so we are thrilled to be expanding our Microsoft integrations to help our users make their meetings better!
What is Microsoft Teams?
Microsoft Teams is an extension of Office365 that allows you to chat (using text, audio, and video), edit documents in real-time, store files, take notes, and more with anyone inside or outside your organization.
Teams allows users to use other Microsoft apps alongside it, as well as third-party services (such as Stormboard) to make the most out of the app. Just like Stormboard, the goal of Microsoft Teams is to make collaboration easier.
Keep Everything In One Place
Adding Stormboard to Microsoft Teams allows you to provide quick access to your Storms (what we call your digital workspace) or share a Storm without ever leaving the application.
Import Storms Directly to Tabs
Add existing Storms (see image above), or create new ones right in your Teams workspace! Anyone with access to the channel will be able to view the Storm, add new content, or check in on progress ensuring that planning sessions, agile sprints, daily status updates, and more run seamlessly.
Missed a meeting? No problem! Stay up-to-date on everything that is happing in your Storms — like new content, comments, assignments, and users. These notifications show up in Teams as a conversation with the Stormboard Bot.
Make Your Meetings Better With Stormboard + Microsoft Teams!
- Provide quick access to your Storms for everyone in the Teams channel
- Collaborate in Stormboard without leaving Teams
- Run more effective meetings in Teams by utilizing a Storm with one of the hundreds of templates (for processes like Agile, Kanban, and more) in Stormboard
- Stay up-to-date with notifications from the Stormboard Bot
We’ve added some exciting new features including new sticky note sizes, the ability to recover content that you’ve deleted, a new look to our Storm menu, and more!
New Sticky Note Sizes
In addition to our original sticky note size, we now have two more for you to choose from.
The new sticky notes are larger than the original, which means that you can expand on your ideas! The first of the two is a wider, longer note (similar to a rectangle shape), and the second is a bigger version of the original square sticky. Shown below is an example storm that uses all sizes of sticky notes.
And don’t worry, you can still change the shape of these sticky notes just like with the original. They will just have more space to work with!
To change your sticky note to one of the new sizes, click on the note once to open the sticky note menu. From there, you will see three sticky note size options just above the color options.
Select the one you want, and it will immediately be applied to the sticky note! Keep in mind that the default sticky note size is the regular small square.
One of the best parts of the new sticky sizes is that images and videos will be much larger for your team to view.
The wider sticky notes can also be used as a title or header that can be placed above content within a template section.
Index cards won’t be able to be converted into these new sizes, however, their dimensions can still be changed. Read more about changing the size of an index card here.
Did you delete something by mistake? No problem! Gone are the days of hitting delete and losing your content forever.
We’ve added a Trash Tab to each Storm which is where any sticky note you delete will go — and stay — unless you delete it from the Trash, empty the Trash, or add it back into your Storm.
The Trash Tab is located in the top right-hand corner of your Storm. Clicking on the Trash Tab will open the Trash Panel. To permanently delete items that are in the trash panel, click the white ‘Empty’ button and everything in the panel will be deleted.
To add a sticky note back to your Storm, click the blue ‘Restore’ button that is directly underneath of the note. This will automatically place the note back into the Storm at the same location it was deleted from.
Have you ever wanted to delete multiple sticky notes at once? Now you can!
Click once on a note you want to delete, hold down your shift key, and select the rest of the notes you want to delete. A menu will open at the top of your screen. Select the red ‘Delete’ button. A small dialog will open to confirm you want to delete the selected items. Selecting ‘Ok’ will move the notes to the trash panel.
Updated Storm Menu
All of the buttons that can be found at the bottom of your Storm are now in a menu bar that no longer overlaps your template when you scroll all the way to the bottom.
You will also notice that your Color Legend (formerly a tab at the bottom of your screen) is now accessed from that same menu bar as a button on the right-hand side. If you don’t want to see the menu at all, you can collapse it off to the side by clicking the small grey arrow on the far left-hand side. To open it, click the grey arrow again (now on the right side), and it will open back up.
Extra Space Around Your Storm Templates
We’ve added white space (or padding) around all of our templates to give you extra space for planning, staging, adding process instructions, etc. For example, if you are presenting in a meeting and have content you don’t want in the template until you are ready to talk about it, store your notes in the margins and drag them over when you’re ready for them.
Or, if you start a new Storm and want to include instructions for your team members on how you want your meeting to progress, write them on a sticky and place them in the margins for your team to reference.
The white space will always be there no matter how many times you resize your template sections — all Storms are infinite in size!
Add Section Shortcut
If you want to add a section to the side or bottom of your Storm template, now there is a quicker way to do so! Go to the far right-hand side or the bottom of your storm where the white space is (just outside the template), and hover your mouse. A light grey circle with a light grey plus icon will appear.
Hovering over this will turn the plus icon blue and white, and it will tell you that this is there if you want to add a new section. Click on it, and a new section will appear for you to start working with.
Resize Section Shortcut
We’ve also added a quick resize shortcut that allows you to quickly resize any section that you need to make bigger or smaller. This feature is located in the bottom right-hand corner of each template section.
When you hover over the resize icon, it will say ‘Resize this section’. Click on it, and a small menu will appear that allows you to resize/customize that section. Don’t forget to hit save when you’re done!